“What happens now? Do we get like a party or something?”
My first grade class has been voting for their favorite books as part of the March Madness challenge. Today was the championship. It was exciting to see their faces and hear their cheers when the book they chose won. Getting excited about reading is a true prize.
The winning book for our class was, “Your Place in the Universe” by Jason Chin. This particular book was loaded with facts and information about space in relation to place and size- starting with you. On our third read of the book today, I was impressed by their stamina as we read together- even more so when they corrected my pronunciation of Kuiper Belt and Andromeda. Being that we were in the middle of a nonfiction unit, I loved to see how it had affected their choice in a winner. Some kids even declared that nonfiction was their favorite!
That’s when J asked: “What happens now? Do we get like a party or something?”
At first I wanted to laugh. Then I stopped and thought for a moment. What does happen now? How can I continue their curiosity? How can I push them even more?
Then my thoughts wandered off a bit. Why is it that there is so often an expectation of some prize or receiving of SOMETHING? I settled for a smile and said, “We get to celebrate reading together and finding what we enjoy in different kinds of books.” At first I expected him to be annoyed or disappointed by my response. Instead he shrugged and said, “I guess that’s pretty cool too.”
As I wrote this slice, I thought about the end of this challenge. Am I expecting something to come out of this? Am I expecting a prize or maybe a party? Well, no. But it’s something to celebrate. I pushed myself to do something that was out of my comfort zone- write and SHARE. I wasn’t intending on this to be a reflection post…. but in order for this to come full circle from my very first post…
Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by